Category: House

Oversight and Accountability to hear first ethics bills

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Speaker Todd Richardson vowed in his opening day speech to refer all ethics bills, and alas, they have. The Government Oversight and Accountability Committee, chaired by Rep. Jay Barnes, R-Jefferson City, will hear their first seven ethics bills Monday at noon. Bills heard include disclosure report […]

Richardson delivers opening day address

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Speaker Todd Richardson opened the first day of the 2016 session Wednesday with the swearing in of newly elected representatives and a speech calling for statesmanship and action. State Reps. Daron McGee, D-Kansas City, Rory Rowland, D-Independence, and Dean Plocher, R-Town and Country, were sworn in immediately […]

Nasheed, Dogan, ACLU team up to fight police profiling

ST. LOUIS – Current laws dictating police oversight when it comes to possible racial profiling lack teeth according to Sen. Jamilah Nasheed, D-St. Louis. So along with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Missouri, the Don’t Shoot Coalition and other community groups, she and Rep. Shamed Dogan, R-Ballwin, will […]

Ellington files bill to forbid grand juries from hearing police cases

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Rep. Brandon Ellington, D-Kansas City, filed legislation Monday that would shift responsibility from a grand jury to an appellate court in cases involving a police-officer shooting death. The appellate court, instead of the grand jury, would determine if the evidence supports the need for an indictment. […]

Franklin pre-files bill to re-establish water patrol

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Rep. Diane Franklin, R-Camdenton, filed HB 1960 Monday to undo the merger that combined the Missouri State Highway Patrol and Missouri State Water Patrol in 2011. “We need to return to the days of a focused Water Patrol mission that is fully devoted and passionate for […]

Conservatives chastise Homeland Security over Real ID Act enforcement

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Republicans from across the state have spoken against the latest possibility that the Department of Homeland Security and the Transportation Security Administration may no longer accept Missouri state driver’s licenses for citizens boarding planes. Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder and Rep. Bill Reiboldt, R-Neosho, criticized the federal […]

House members to push union pension transparency, labor regulations

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Three state representatives met with union representatives to discuss a bill that would allow union members who pay into union pension funds to have access to the financial standing of those funds. Reps. Bill Lant, Holly Rehder and Rob Vescovo believe HB 1540, filed by Vescovo, will […]

Suspicious activity at Bagnell Dam not worrisome for state representative

LAKE OZARK, Mo. – Reports have come out in the past 24 hours that a group of suspicious “Middle Eastern” men asked wait staff at a local restaurant about possibly taking tours of Bagnell Dam at the Lake of the Ozarks. Other reports from around Central Missouri say that others have also […]